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BBNBA: KAT Drops 26, Nuggets Take Down Mavericks At Buzzer

(Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. Nikola Jokic drilled an off-balance game-winner to take down the Dallas Mavericks. Oh, and KAT carried the Timberwolves, again. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

  • Karl-Anthony Towns did everything he could to try and bring his Minnesota Timberwolves squad back against the Utah Jazz. Towns added 14 points in the third quarter alone and trimmed the Jazz lead all the way down to 71-70 before Utah mounted a 20-11 run heading into the fourth quarter, finishing off Minny for good. KAT posted a total of 26 points on 9-15 shooting (3-4 from three) to go along with 12 rebounds and four assists.

  • Towns is averaging 34 points and 13.4 rebounds per game in his previous nine appearances, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field, over 49 percent from three, and 78.3 percent from the free throw stripe. The scary part is it’s plausible that he could average those numbers over an even longer stretch of games.
  • In Denver, the Nuggets pulled out a clutch win in what was the game of the night. Nikola Jokic somehow willed home an off-balance floater right at the buzzer, not long after Luka Doncic nearly crushed the hopes and dreams of every small child in the arena with an earth-shattering dunk to take the lead. Jamal Murray contributed 12 points, five rebounds, and seven assists, but on 4-13 shooting (2-7 from deep). He did, however, go without turning the ball over once in 38 minutes. Trey Lyles – who has been sidelined the previous nine games with a hamstring injury – was available to play on Thursday night, but did not find the court.
  • Here’s a Twitter thread of the ridiculous sequence of events.

  • For the Sacramento Kings, De’Aaron Fox went for 19 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists (with no turnovers) while shooting 7-15 from the field. Unfortunately, his squad squandered a third-quarter lead they could never regain against the Boston Celtics and ultimately lost, 126-120. Willie Cauley-Stein added 10 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists for the Kings.

  • Rajon Rondo posted 13 points, five rebounds, and eight assists for the Los Angeles Lakers while Brandon Knight added 12 points on 5-10 shooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both player’s respective teams lost; the Lakers falling to the Toronto Raptors and the Cavs being blown out by the Orlando Magic.
  • Check out the full stat sheet below and Go Cats.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)100-120 L @ UTA269-15 (3-4)124103+226
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)120-126 L @ BOS197-15 (1-4)79301+337
Rajon Rondo (LAL)98-111 L @ TOR135-10 (0-0)58105-1529
Brandon Knight (CLE)91-120 L @ ORL125-10 (1-4)11100-3126
Jamal Murray (DEN)100-99 W vs. DAL124-13 (2-7)57100+338
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)120-126 L @ BOS105-7 (0-0)134100+728
Nerlens Noel (OKC)106-108 L @ IND00-1 (0-0)41002+514
Trey Lyles (DEN)100-99 W vs. DALDNP-CD----------------
Patrick Patterson (OKC)106-108 L @ INDDNP-CD----------------
Hamidou Diallo (OKC)106-108 L @ INDDNP-CD----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)100-99 W vs. DALDNP-CD----------------
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)120-91 W vs. CLEDNP-Knee----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Lakers (Rondo) @ Pistons

7:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox) @ 76ers

7:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ Wizards (Wall-out)

8:00 (NBATV): Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Heat (Adebayo)

8:00: Suns (Booker) @ Rockets (Jones)

8:00: Trail Blazers (Kanter, Labissiere) @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)

8:30: Knicks (Knox) @ Spurs

10:30 (NBATV): Bulls @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA. Follow me on Twitter: @ZackGeoghegan